Pope insists conscience, not rules, must lead faithful

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis said Friday that Catholics should look to their own consciences more than Vatican rules to negotiate the complexities of sex, marriage and family life, demanding the church shift its emphasis from doctrine to mercy in confronting some of the thorniest issues facing the faithful.

  • Written by NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press RACHEL ZOLL, Associated Press

EU threatens to put sanctions on Panama, other tax havens

BERLIN (AP) — A European Union official threatened Thursday to sanction Panama and other nations if they don't cooperate fully to fight money laundering and tax evasion, after a leak of data showed the small country remains a key destination for people who want to hide money.

  • Written by FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press RAF CASERT, Associated Press

Kerry meets Iraqi leaders in Baghdad, discusses IS fight

BAGHDAD (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made an unannounced stop in Baghdad on Friday to meet Iraq's prime minister and other top officials at a time of increased military momentum against the Islamic State but deep political uncertainty in the unstable country.

  • Written by BRADLEY KLAPPER, Associated Press

'American Idol' crowns 15th and final winner as TV show ends

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The first "American Idol" finale in 2002 was a battle of the sexes, with Kelly Clarkson the victor over Justin Guarini. The last contest settled the score as Trent Harmon defeated La'Porsha Renae for the crown.

  • Written by LYNN ELBER, AP Television Writer